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Chiropractors regularly treat sciatica. Sciatica is characterized by pain that originates in the low back or buttock that travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity and frequency; minimal, moderate, severe and occasional, intermittent, frequent or constant. The pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations.

The purpose of chiropractic treatment is to help the body’s potential to heal itself. It is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movement leads to pain and reduced function and performance. Chiropractic care is non-invasive (non-surgical) and drug-free. The type of chiropractic therapy provided depends on the cause of the patient’s sciatica. A sciatica treatment plan may include several different treatments such as heat/cold therapies, ultrasound, TENS, and spinal adjustments.

Below are more details on these chiropractic treatment modalities.
Heat/Cold therapy: reduces inflammation and helps to control sciatic pain.
Ultrasound: is heat created by sound waves that penetrates deep into tissues. Ultrasound increases circulation and helps to reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness, and pain.
TENS unit: is a portable muscle stimulating machine. Variable intensities of electrical current control acute pain and reduce muscle spasms.
Adjustments (Spinal Manipulation): At the core of chiropractic care are spinal vertebral bodies to their proper position in the spinal column. Spinal adjustment helps to reduce nerve irritability responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms adjustments. Manipulations frees restricted movement of the spine and helps to restore misaligned related to sciatica.